The fifth annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. Atlanta has been a hub for public art, something that’s been a priority for Patrick Dennis, the executive director of the Atlanta Foundation of Public Spaces. GPB’s Rickey Bevington talks with Dennis about the city’s growing arts scene.
The first day of school is a milestone for every student, but this year, it was also a milestone for the new head of the Atlanta Public Schools. New APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen oversaw her inaugural first day of school Monday as an estimated 50,000 children headed back to class.
How do you create an Atlanta icon? For the owner of one of the city’s most venerable indie food businesses, it started with getting laid off. Steven Carse lost his job at an insurance company in 2009, and began working on his Plan B: an artisanal ice pop company called King of Pops. In four years, he’s gone from hawking pops from a single refrigerated cart to churning out as many as 15,000 pops on peak summer weekends.
Crime novelist Karin Slaughter’s neighborhood in Jonesboro, Georgia has a lot to do with her work today. She was a child when the city of Atlanta elected its first black mayor, and during the Atlanta Child Murders when an unknown killer haunted the city. Slaughter’s latest thriller, Cop Town is set in Atlanta in the 1970s. It’s the story of two female police officers who are sidelined in a citywide search for a cop killer. She sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to talk about the novel, her childhood, and the reason she wrote her latest thriller from the point of view of two women.
In the early 20th century, millions of immigrants streamed through Ellis Island. And you could say Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is playing a similar role in the early 21st century. Atlanta has become a gateway for thousands upon thousands of immigrant into the Southeast and beyond. In May, Mayor Kasim Reed appointed a working group tasked with smoothing the transition of those immigrants into society. Adam Ragusea, host of GPB Macon’s Morning Edition, spoke with the group’s co-chair Jeffrey Tapia, who is also head of the Latin American Association in Atlanta. She says their recommendations are taking shape.
What do zombie apocalypse, road rage and butt implants have in common? They are all related to Georgia. Since the school year is coming to an end and yearbooks are being made, GPB’s “On The Story” wondered what a yearbook for our state would look like. You know, things “most likely to” for Georgia. So we compiled the list, as unflattering as it may be.
A 1968 TV ad described the growing city of Atlanta as network of different neighborhoods, connected mostly by highways. The best option for navigating the city was by car. Fast forward to 2014, and Atlanta is still primarily a “car city”. But urban planners, city officials, and business leaders hope one solution to that problem is the Atlanta Beltline. The Atlanta Beltline started out as a graduate student’s dream back in 1999. Since then, it’s become one of the most ambitious urban redevelopment projects in the United States.
The storm Georgians have been waiting for is here, and meteorologists say it will be even worse than expected. The Interstate 20 cor Gov. Nathan Deal is continuing to urge Georgians to stay off the roads Wednesday. Speaking at a noon press conference at the state Capitol, he said his main concern about the weather is that Georgians will think the winter storm moving through the state has peaked and will leave their homes.